Funeral services for Mr. Grant Avery Martin, 89, were held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Union Springs Baptist Church, Shongaloo, with the Rev. Larry Buford officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation was held Saturday at 8 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Mr. Martin was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Shongaloo to Bub and Drusiller Johnson Martin and passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 in Shreveport, after a long battle with kidney disease.
He was a farmer, rancher, truck driver, mail carrier and owner of small businesses through the years. Mr. Martin was a World War II veteran, a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army and holder of medals, including the Purple Heart. He was captured by General Rommel behind enemy lines and spent 99 days in a German Prisoner of War camp and a hero to his men continually telling them, "hang on, we're going to make it."
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Noda "Tot" Wallis Martin; son, Richard Grant Martin; daughter, Kathy Woodard and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Brandy Sheets and husband, Teddy, all of Minden and Richard Grant Martin, Jr. of Shreveport; great grandchildren, Trey and Logan Martin and Michael Sheets; stepgreat-grandchildren, Jarryn Sheets and Ryan Sheets; nephews, Woodard Lamar Martin of Sibley and Dewayne Benefield of Austin, Texas; and numerous other relatives.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Grace Benefield, Gertrude Burton and Lorine Martin; and brothers, RC, Grover and Woodard Martin.
Military Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Holley, Urel Cox, Dalton Nealy, Mike Woodard, Richard G. Martin, Jr., Perry Wall, Johnny Savage and Teddy Sheets.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Zabaneh and the caregivers of Life Care Hospital, Willis Knighton North and a very special thanks to Dr. Clint Butler for the loving care shown to our loved one and family. Words can't express our appreciation for the services of Naline Salone, former Prisoner of War Coordinator, for all she has done for us.
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